Alfalfa is grown in most temperate regions of the world.
It thrives very well on well-drained soils with a sufficient content of lime, potash and phosphate and with its long deep tap root system it will be able to withstand severe drought.
It has a high nutritional value and is very productive in with early spring growth and rapid regrowth after cuttieg. It can be conserved as hay but it is also possible to ensile the crop or alternatively it can be dried artificially and made into pellets.
Alfalfa is divided into dormancy rates that refer to autumn growth after the last cut.
A field composed of forage grasses and DLF Alfalfa provides more protein than a field of forage grass, maize silage or soybean. What is more, the deep rooting system helps farmers maintain or even increase feed production during dry seasons.
High-yielding farm animals that require high levels of protein perform better with DLF Alfalfa. DLF Alfalfa contains up to 20% protein, compared with 14% for grasses and 9% for maize.
DLF Alfalfa also has a very high feed-conversion rate together with essential fibres and nutrients to improve digestion.
Finally, alfalfa is good for soils as it provides symbiotic nitrogen fixation. Nitrogen fixation gives high amounts of nitrogen to grass mixtures and improves the yield in subsequent crops by up to 5%. Altogether, DLF Alfalfa saves money, improves milk production and supports long-term sustainable farming.
To guide you and for you to become familiar with DLF Alfalfa, we have gathered important knowledge and information in the following brochures:
DLF Alfalfa – a leaflet for the farmer